5 Favorite Holiday Traditions

If it’s Friday, that means I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?! for their Friday Five Link-Up. Today’s subject is Favorite Holiday Traditions.

Photo Dec 18, 3 17 24 PM

I’m actually not a traditionalist; I’m fairly spontaneous and like to mix things up. I don’t mind scooting out of town for the holidays, and I don’t necessarily believe you need to have a grand Christmas dinner.

That being said, I do hold dear some holiday traditions. Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

1.  Watching “Elf.”

elf gif

A newer tradition, but we love it.

2.  Pope (pronounced “PO-pee”), our family’s Elf on the Shelf.


Like Buddy, Pope is a jolly little elf. He shows up around December 1st and skedaddles back to the North Pole on December 25. Sometimes he flies back to the NP to report to Santa during the middle of the night. And sometimes he’s a lazy bastard and just stays where he is, tremendously disappointing our kids.  Though he may be a tad lazy, at least he’s not one of those naughty elves.  Those guys are the worst.

3. Dance in “The Nutcracker.”

Nutcracker 2014What haven’t I already said about this holiday tradition for our family?


4.  Visit Santa

Photo Nov 29, 10 57 09 AMThe real Santa usually goes to Macy’s.

5.  Spend time with family.


I know–shocker! This is my favorite holiday tradition.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

23 thoughts on “5 Favorite Holiday Traditions

    • I heard that story, too! I love NPR.

      Good for you for baking so much during the holidays. I think baked goods make some of the best gifts. If I could bake, I would. Unfortunately, I can’t even bake chocolate chip cookies.

  1. I love your elf! I think I may need one of these, even though we don’t have any kids at our house…could be cheap entertainment. HA! 😉 I would love to see your production of The Nutcracker; we are on hiatus until 2016 while our auditorium gets a complete makeover. Great list and, as always, I love all of your pictures! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    • We enjoy watching the San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” every year on PBS. And I agree that some of the elements are scary for kids! The Rat King is freaky, and the SFB has a creepy clown. A clown! What could be scarier?

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